When my kids were babies, I won't lie, it could get tough.
There would be tears:
There would be anger. Toys would be thrown in my direction and sometimes I'd get clipped in the head with a sippy cup. And then more tears would come, because the baby would realize hey, I WANTED that sippy cup and now it's not next to me:
There would be messes. Lots and lots of messes.
Being a mother can be stressful. It took me a while to realize that taking time for myself was important. If I sat down with a book, I'd feel guilty. Shouldn't I be with my baby? They grow so fast. Maybe I should set down the book and be with the baby. But then it finally clicked. I needed that me time. And here's why:
1. It helps you to recharge. When you're a parent, your mind is always running. You think about meals to make. Laundry. If the kid is in lessons, when do you need to get the kids to those. Volunteering at the school. Oh crap, is she getting sick, why is she feeling warm? Your mind NEEDS to rest so grab that book. Watch that series on Netflix. Take a long shower.
2. It makes you a better mother. If you're constantly thinking of others and not yourself, it doesn't end well. Resentment builds. Perhaps yelling occurs more often. But if you take that break, you feel refreshed. You can handle the sibling fights. You can handle the pile of laundry. (Maybe.)
3. You'll smile more. I find when I take time for myself, I appear to be more cheerful. Otherwise people ask me why I look so upset. "It might be because I haven't read a book in a while," I might answer, and then I realize, oh right, I need that me time. Otherwise I frighten others.
4. It makes you a better wife. I mean, there is that saying "Happy Wife, Happy Life." It's true. When I'm upset, it tends to trickle to everyone else in the family. It's not fair to them. So for their sanity and happiness, TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF.
Sometimes I'd forget to do the things I loved when my kids were small. I felt like I had to do it all. I felt like I had to change all the diapers, but thankfully I used Luvs, which made my life easier. These days, Luvs is still helping out since they recently introduced new and improved ultra leakguard diapers with nightlock plus. I was always thankful that Luvs wasn't overpriced. Diapers can add up, after all. Luvs wants you to save even more with this coupon for $1 off. You can purchase the new Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™in most grocery stories.
Doing the things I loved helped me prepare for the hard times. It also made me appreciate the fun times more. Finding products like Luvs also helped make life easier so I could appreciate my babies even more.
So moms: take that me time. Do what you love. Recharge.
You deserve it.